French Speakers Hilariously Discuss What French T-Shirts Actually Say
"Americans will buy anything as long as it's written in French."
As any person shopping for women's clothing will tell you: T-shirts with French writing are every. where.
But have you ever wondered what actual French speakers think of these shirts?
To get some perspective, we asked two native French-speaking BuzzFeed staffers — Marie, who is from France, and Amaury, who is from Belgium — what they think about some French T-shirts made for English-speaking people.
They both had some very strong opinions.
18. Joe Fresh Short-Sleeve "Très Chère" Beaded T-Shirt, JCPenney
Shirt says: "Très Chère"
English Translation: "Very Dear"
Amaury: [This means] "Dear," or "Very dear."
Marie Yeah, it's the type of thing an old posh woman from the west of Paris would say to her lady friends when they're talking about their upcoming bridge game.
Amaury: The 20th century called. People start their messages with “Where are you?!” now.
Did you guys have any final thoughts on the wonderful world of French T-shirts for English-speaking people?
Amaury: If you are gonna wear a T-shirt with a message all day, make sure you understand what it says first.
Marie: And French people judge you.
Marie: If you want to look cool in France, embrace your American coolness.
Amaury: Paris people look at NYC with the same eyes [that] U.S. people look at Paris with. Grass is always greener...
Kristin: The subways are always more covered in pee on the other side, am I right?
Amaury: Well, the Paris subway network is basically a 100-mile-long underground place covered with white tiles. Sometimes, people might mix it up with a different place.